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trade games onlineVideo games are an experience, and once that experience is over, you may not have much use for the game anymore. Sure, maybe one day you’ll pick it up and start playing it all over again, but let’s face it. You probably won’t.

Trading in The 10 Best Websites To Swap Books, Movies, Games & CDs The 10 Best Websites To Swap Books, Movies, Games & CDs Read More your games can be a good idea, and there are a number of stores that offer this service. They might low-ball you, however. Fortunately, the Internet can expand your options even if you’ve taken up residence at the end of the Earth.

Trading Games For Cash

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One of the problems you run into when trading in games is the lack of cash offers. Most stores want you to turn around and buy from them, so they just offer you store credit.

Fortunately, there are two online sites that can help you step around this obstacle by allowing you to trade games online, and they both start with a G – Gazelle and Gylde. Neither site is dedicated to games alone. They are both aimed simply at people looking to get rid of old things, as well as people looking to buy used things. You might think that the freedom of cash would result in a penalty, but I looked at some offers and found them to be roughly comparable, and sometimes higher than, the store trade-in credit typically offered for the same titles.

Of the two I think Gazelle, despite a more muddled front page, is probably the better. They will quote you a price on your trade-in without requiring that you create an account. Glyde, on the other hand, wanted me to create an account complete with credit card information before conducting any activity.

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Gazelle is also a direct, no-hassle item for cash trade. Gazelle pays shipping on items over $1 and once the item is received and its condition verified, you will receive cash by check or through PayPal. Glyde lists your item and then sends you a mailer to ship it to the buyer once it sells.

Trading Games For Store Credit

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If you’re simply like to trade in your game for credit from a big online retailer, you’ll find that Amazon and Best Buy can help you.

Both of these companies run online trade-in programs and they work in basically the same way. You search for the game you want to sell in the company’s database and receive a price for it. If you accept it, you’ll be sent a free mailing label (but the packaging is up to you). After you send it in, the game is verified and a gift card is sent out.

These are simple, easy services with trusted retailers, which is why they offer low trade-in values. The sacrifice is particularly obvious on Amazon.com. If you browse the used marketplace How To Sell Your Used Stuff Through Amazon How To Sell Your Used Stuff Through Amazon Most of us like to make a little cash every now and then by selling off unwanted things. Maybe we hold a garage sale, a car boot sale, take things to a flea market or... Read More you’ll find games going for two to three times the amount of store credit Amazon will give you for a trade-in.

That’s the price you pay for convenience. You’ll receive less for your game but you don’t have to wait for your item to sell, you don’t have to worry about buyer feedback and you don’t have to pay shipping.

Peer To Peer Trading

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Gamers have been trading games in to companies for cash or credit for years. But what if you could skip the middle man and instead trade directly with other games? Wouldn’t that provide a better value? There are in fact two sites that facilitate such trades – Goozex and Mooch. The idea here is simple. You post the games you have up for trade and the games you’d like to receive, then the system tries to find a match for you.

Despite their similar goals, these two sites differ in how they work. Goozex charges a flat $1.99 fee for all trades. They also provide a shipping label, but you have to pay the price of shipping yourself. That may sound expensive, but it works out to be an amazing deal if you’re looking to trade new and popular games.

Mooch is different. The service can be used for free, but it uses a rather complex system of “Mooch points” to try and balance what are considered uneven trades. Mooch points are pricey, so you’re more or less corralled into the $19.99 yearly membership (which includes 100 free points). You also need a paid membership to have access to customer service and guaranteed trades. Shipping is not covered, so you have to pay that as well.

Of the two, Goozex seems better to my eye and has a better reputation online. It’s a much easier system to use and there’s no chance that you’ll end up wasting money on it, something that’s possible if you buy a Mooch membership but then can’t work out any acceptable trades.

If It Were Your Game….

I tend to sell on Amazon when they’re relatively new. That nets a decent price. I’ve used game trading before, and had a good experience with it. But I find the process to be more time-consuming then I’d like.

What system do you prefer to trade games online? Let us know what you think in the comments.

  1. Ben Altschul
    May 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Try Trade4Cash.com pricing is comparable to GameStop, Amazon and Walmart. Free shipping and will pay out cash, as opposed to giftcards.

  2. Praneeth Reddy
    April 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I find that smaller players like sellgames.co offer better values than traditional retailers like Amazon or Gamestop.

  3. AceFlyr18
    February 5, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    You should try PlayNSwap.com. They are also free and use a matching system.

  4. Ricky T
    December 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Skip all the nonsense and just head over to GameTZ.com. It's completely free to use. You can use the matching system or the forums to buy, sell, and trade games. The primary focus of the site is video games but almost anything can be bought sold and traded there.

  5. Chris Hoffman
    January 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I assume these are all US-only? Too bad.

    Some indication in the article would be nice -- as a non-American, you're constantly reading about awesome web services, but you rarely discover they're US-only until you visit them and dig through the FAQ.

    • M.S. Smith
      February 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Yes, they are US only I believe.

      I like to provide as much coverage as possible. But it's difficult to comment on non-US services since I'll have never used them and probably won't know anyone who has used them, either.

      I'll try and keep in mind to put some disclaimer in future articles if a service is US only :)

      • Raven
        June 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        Shameless plug, but here's a startup in India that appears to have simplified it to an extent! Wonder if it's gonna work--the market sure needs it!

  6. Bigfuz
    January 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    If you have young kids, Goozex is great for getting games for them, which don't really have to be the latest and greatest.  Kids games are often very low points, and very available.

  7. Savvy Sleuth
    January 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Learned something new - had no idea about Gazelle and Goozex. Thanks for the info!  

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